Building policy research capacity in Myanmar
In 2017, IDRC and Global Affairs Canada launched a new initiative, Knowledge for Democracy Myanmar (K4DM), to sustain democratization in that country. This initiative aims to nurture meaningful dialogue in the democratic transition and to promote economic growth that benefits all women and men, regardless of ethnicity. Working with other development partners, it targets diverse and complementary entry points to strengthen analytical thinking and research. This involves support for capacity development for individuals, including emerging researchers and policymakers; engagement and collaboration through roundtables, workshops, and other forms of policy dialogue; and capacity development for institutions, including think tanks and governments (legislatures). K4DM also funds research projects on topics of inclusive democratic governance and economic development.
This project will support training and mentoring for emerging professionals, mostly women, who have worked in government and/or non-governmental organizations, are pursuing or have completed a graduate degree on public policy, public administration, or other relevant social science, and are aiming to improve their capacity for policy analysis.
Senior faculty from universities in Thailand (the Asian Institute of Technology and Chiang Mai University), Canada (the Royal Institution for the Advancement of Learning-McGill University and the University of British Columbia), and the U.S. (University of Southern California) will strengthen the capacity of more than 150 young professionals and faculty from across Myanmar. The training will be focused on practical, hands-on tools in policy analysis rooted in the social sciences, and will include training in gender research, social policy, economic development policy, and public policy and political economy. The university partners will also provide continued mentoring through the supervision of individual policy research projects.